It is an unmissable event for many French people, and one of the flagship programs of the TF1 channel: the 8 p.m. television news.
It brings together an average of 6 million viewers every evening. But beware, if you are a regular at the first channel newspaper, get ready to have to change your habits this fall.
Indeed, TF1 has just announced that the 8 p.m. news will not be broadcast for a dozen days between November and December 2022, due to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The channel had already purchased the rights to broadcast 28 matches of the long-awaited competition. However, most of them start, precisely, at 8 p.m. (local time in France).
“Priority was given to football”, comments the Dispatch.
This upheaval of the grid at TF1 will take place from November 21 to December 2, with a possibility of extension until December 6.
So don’t be surprised if you tune in to the channel at 8 p.m. and see, instead of your presenter declaiming the headlines of the day, a jubilant stadium before the start of a football match.
TF1 specifies, however, that a short information bulletin will be broadcast before the start of the sports matches. It will be presented by Gilles Bouleau and Anne-Claire Coudray.
For the time being, we do not know the fate that will be reserved for the chain’s successful soap operas, Here it all begins and Tomorrow belongs to us.
Be that as it may, the broadcasting of the matches remains a financial boon for the first channel in Europe: according to the newspaper l’Equipe, thirty seconds of advertising during a final where France would be part of the poster will be invoiced 330,000 euros to advertisers.